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Monday, January 29, 2018

David Beaty announces hiring of assistant Bill Miller

KU defensive assistants change roles

Kansas head coach David Beaty watches the action during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas head coach David Beaty watches the action during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

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Kansas football coach David Beaty officially announced the hiring of the 10th and final member of his coaching staff for the coming season, defensive assistant Bill Miller, Monday afternoon.

Miller’s experience coaching linebackers allowed Beaty to hand over those duties to the 40-year veteran, who joins the Jayhawks after spending four seasons at Florida State in the same role.

The hire required Beaty to re-assign some of his returning assistants. With Miller taking over as linebackers coach, Todd Bradford will become the safeties coach, Clint Bowen will oversee cornerbacks and Kenny Perry will shift to special teams coordinator.

“Bill Miller is as highly regarded as they come in the coaching community," Beaty stated in a KU press release. "The amount of respect he commands from his players and the coaches he works alongside is tremendous. He is a leader in our field when it comes to developing players, and I am ecstatic to have him joining our program."

This is the second stint at KU for Miller, who coached linebackers and was co-defensive coordinator on Mark Mangino’s staff, in 2009.

From 2011-13, Miller served as assistant head coach and linebackers coach at Minnesota.

Earlier in his career, Miller coordinated defenses at Oklahoma State (1989-94), Miami (1995-98), Michigan State (1999-2002) and Arizona State (2005-06). He was associate head coach at Florida from 2003-04.

Miller’s addition gives KU its full allotment of 10 on-field assistants. He joins defensive coordinator Bowen, offensive coordinator Doug Meacham, Bradford, running backs coach Tony Hull, Perry, offensive line coach A.J. Ricker, quarterbacks coach Garrett Riley, defensive line coach Jesse Williams and offensive assistant Justin Johnson.

Comments

Kevin Studer 1 year, 5 months ago

Beaty may have just hired his own replacement.

Robert Brock 1 year, 5 months ago

The entire KU football program needs to be ripped out by the roots.

Bryson Stricker 1 year, 5 months ago

THANK YOU BEATY. GREAT HIRE, GOOD IDEA TO MOVE AROUND AND GLAD YOU PUT A GUY WITH ENERGY IN THE SPECIAL TEAMS ROLE.

INBEATYWETRUST

John Fitzgerald 1 year, 5 months ago

I really am impressed with this hire. I hope it pays off immediately.

And here are his defense ranks as DC if anyone’s interested. Could make an immediate impact and potentially help Bowen get it together.

http://hawkjock.com/seasoned-veteran-coming-to-ku/

John Brazelton 1 year, 5 months ago

Justin Johnson is a former WR. He will probably be Meacham's assistant WR coach. Meacham is still the primary WR coach.

Edward Daub 1 year, 5 months ago

It's Miller Time! Great Hire!

However, You Can't Fix Stupid!

The Coaching Shuffle is a Joke! Bowen will still be D.C.? He is Fired from coaching Safeties, but Inherits the Cornerbacks?

The Entire Secondary should be coached by 1 Guy, not 2 Guys! No wonder our coverage resembled "swiss cheese" last year!

Miller should be D.C.! Bowen demoted to Special Teams! Perry takes over the Entire Secondary! Bradford and Williams stay Put!

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